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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Samuel Adams American Kriek: The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
damzz (249) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2010
OK, I graded this a 5. Well, it is. The aroma is cherries - totally and throughout. The head is slight off white and the lacing is minimal. The color is orange cherry. The taste is cherries with a sourness that is appropriate with a dry aftertaste. The malt comes through but it is attentuated by the cherries. It is beyond a doubt what it says to is an American Kriek. Perhaps the beer loving world needs a new category. Enjoyed in a rimless crystal wine glass on Boxing Day.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Surprisingly good, and a major improvement from the "Only-in-summer" Cherry Wheat. Delightful nose, gentle to the palate and very flavorful without being cloying, iíd put this beer on my Thanksgiving table--but only at my end.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnrob23 (7) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2010 does not count
toast, citrus, cough drop, amber, medium sweetness, light body, thin feel, lively, the cherry flavor was not quite as strong as some cough syrups I have had but it was rather pleasant and this kreik was light, this is one flavored beer I would recommened to a friend

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2010
750 ml bottle from Mark. Brown/pinkish pour with a foamy eggshell colored head. Aroma is a nice tart cherry with a slight bit of oakiness. Flavor is very cherry forward but not overpowering... slightly tart. Finish is actually a bit refreshing... great beer for the price (I think it was only $8.99).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Very good kreik beer. If you like the taste of tart cherries, you should love this beer. Iíve had it twice and it hasnít been a let-down. Now of course, many will say that "beer isnít supposed to have fruit flavors" well nuts to that. This is definitely something to enjoy on a hot summer day. Hey, Berliners put things like raspberry syrup in their weissbier in the summer! Very good brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
aroma of cherries and oak. rich red-orange color. nice carbonation. tastes of hints of tart cherries and some earthy tones. this was a well balanced fruit beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 08/18/2010. Mostly clear copper body with a small frothy off-white head. Sour cherry and faint malt aroma. Sour cherry flavor, faint malt and light spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pours with a very thick, brown head. First sip is very balanced, a slightly sweet cherry taste with a little tartness. The sweetness lasts for a while after the tartness has disappeared.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (991) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle #2010 aged 2.5 years. Poured reddish brown with a quickly dissipating light tan head. Sour cherry and spice aromas. As the light bubbles mingle, huge natural cherry taste with hints of oak. Very mellow. Glad I saved this thru my cancer treatments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sampled on 9/10/2010. This fruit beer pours a medium reddish color from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cherry and woody. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, slightly tart cherry flavors. Hints of wood and oak mellow the sweet fruit flavors. The hops are herbal and floral. A mellow, smooth tasting beer. Nice carbonation. None of the flavors dominate or stand out. There is a touch of tartness from the cherries and a touch of tannins/oak from the barrel. Interesting beer, it is in no way a kriek, and I kind of wish that Boston Beer Company would not use the kreik and lambic names for beers that are arenít funky or sour, but I digress. This beer is really working for me as a fruit beer. Was kind of surprised to find a bottle of the barrel-aged series here in Colorado. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and oaky.


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